During the October 17 football game against UCLA, Stanford competed against other Pac-12 schools in the Pac-12 Zero Waste Challenge. Thanks to Stanford’s waste sorting efforts, 1 ton of compostables and 2.5 tons of recyclables were diverted from the landfill, in addition to 500 pounds of food was collected and donated to local homeless shelters. Various initiatives, from waste bin signage to compostable concession items, led to an overall diversion rate of 44% from the stadium.
A concerted effort was also made during this game to distribute zero waste tailgate kits to all tailgaters. These kits provide instructions for sorting recycling, compost, and landfill and the appropriate bags for each stream. This effort led to an all-time high diversion rate of 40% in tailgate areas, including nearly 1.5 tons of recyclable material and 0.3 tons of compost. Learn more about Cardinal Green Athletics.